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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 677

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825 W Medina Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210

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(480) 472-4000
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August 22, 2014
My child has been at Crismon since Kindergarten and is now in 5th Grade. My 2nd child just started school there this year in Kindergarten. Up until last year we were always very happy with Crismon. But now, and especially this year, we are completely fed up with this school and the principal. The school is being run like a prison. The principal is cold and feels very unapproachable. This year there were 34 kids in my daughters class before just this week they finally hired a new teacher. There are 29 kids in my sons kindergarten class and no plans of hiring another teacher for that grade. There is no way that our kids can receive adequate attention or a quality education with that many children in the class rooms. I will say that THE TEACHERS AT CRISMON ARE FANTASTIC. Unfortunately the district policy and the principal are not. It is unfortunate that they say there is no money for funding more teachers or proper supplies yet the district spent millions of dollars on fencing and security cameras that supposedly keep our kids "safe". This is teaching our kids to live in a "fear based" way and the school feels more like a jail than a safe and welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2013
We just started at Crismon this year and we moved from out of state. I'm still getting used to things, but I've already had several unfriendly and frankly offensive encounters with teachers and staff. They come off quite rude at times. A teacher accused me of being a bad mom when my daughter got confused as to where I would meet her after school one day and then I got an "Official Notice of Suspension" for my 5 yr old because one of his shots was given too early!! Couldn't they just call?! And there have been several more encounters that just leave a very feeling, you know? As far as education, I think it is average or even slightly above average, but frankly if you have to deal with mean people every day, it'd be better to go someplace else.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2012
The teachers at Crismon "go above and beyond" in their professionalism, dedication to the students, communication skills with parents, and abilities to facilitate the educational process in a safe environment. Each student is expected to succeed, be respectful and is treated with respect. Unfortunately the Principal is not very supportive of these ideals, the teachers, the students, or the parents.

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August 16, 2012
Although we love Crismon,( the teachers and the staff are wonderful), we miss Mr. McDonald as principal. It seems the current principal is more concerned about playing "traffic cop" to the parents who drop off and pick up their children, than the children's well being. Parents are supposed to wait in a single-file line when dropping off children; having to wait until all the cars ahead finish dropping off their kids before the kids can exit the car. Don't they realize that many parents have jobs and can't afford to wait that long in the parking lot? Us parents are grownups...Let us figure out the best way to safely enter and exit the parking lot! Our child was scolded by a "traffic enforcer" the other morning! If the school has a problem with how the parents drop off the kids, a note home would suffice...Don't involve the kids!

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August 09, 2012
My child has attended Crismon for 6 years. Last year we received a new principal who's priorities are not the students. She has compromised the safety and education of students and lacks interpersonal and leadership skills. The teachers are wonderful and work hard to help the students. We've decided to leave this school after seeing first hand the downward direction that it's headed.

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March 24, 2012
Crismon is a diverse school in a diverse neighborhood, however, there are plenty of nice families of all ethnicities here. I see more young families and even young couples moving into houses, walking dogs, jogging etc..than I did even five years ago. If you have a problem with diversity and having your children being around kids of other socio-economic and ethnic groups, then you will be uncomfortable with this assortment of children and parents. I have seen children being brought up to a higher level and not other children being brought down. The teachers do an excellent job of setting the climate and expectations that all students follow. Mesa can't keep doing the same things and expecting a different outcome-that's insanity. Staff and programs may change, but it is important to keep up with other districts who are better at changing with the times and not so hell-bent on keeping the status-quo. This is a time of change. Crismon's facilities are comparable, if not better than other area schools, all classes have technology-computers, document cameras, projectors, Smart Boards and the school building and grounds are always clean when I am there.

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March 16, 2012
We are moving, and one of the big reasons we decided to was, 1- the neighborhood, and 2- the school.. we did not want our second daughter to start at this school. The teachers themselves, are good, they are genuine people who care, the district itself is in bad shape, budget cuts have left the teachers with little but outdated tools to teach our children.. my daughter had 3 children in her Kindergarten class who could not even speak English.I feel the teachers are over worked trying to bring these children up to the same level,this sometimes shows in frustration and inability to really listen to the children. My daughter was "punished" for talking because the little boy next to her in class could not understand the directions and was asking her for help.. so she would help him and then be punished and labled the troublemaker.. to me this is unnacceptable. It made her feel terrible and a bright child who once loved school, became discouraged by the constant negative comments from the teacher. I disagree with the possitive vibe one said you get from this school. It feels dated, old, dirty, ill equiped, crammed, and overall just not what I want my child to be in 6 hours a day.

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July 25, 2011
I'm nervous to see how the school year will go this year. A lot of kids came in with really low levels, I found the teachers having to accommodate the kids who couldn't hit the mark, and the ones that did were not challenged enough. Discipline problems were not dealt with at a satisfactory time frame, and my child suffered with bullies. I am giving it one more year, because we moved from a private school to come here, and I don't want to have to uproot my children one more time.

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July 21, 2011
I would love to know who did the reveiw March 28, 2011. I couldn't have said it better myself. We live in the neighborhood but just transferred our child to a Gilbert school. The office people and the teachers are wonderful. Unfortunately, they have too many things stacked against them to effeciently run their classrooms. Mesa District has made too many cuts causing the quality of Crismon to deteriorate.

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March 28, 2011
My daughter had 2-6 grades here, my son 2-4th so far. It has always been the best of the best. This year the other local school was absorbed now in my sons class there are 32 to 1 ratio! They can not even moved the chair without bumping into the kid behind them. This wonderful school with it's wonderful staff is being ruined by MPS to conserve costs by closing the other school. The new kids have not had the disciplinary (trust,responsibility, academics, citizenship kindness, safety), methods and are in large part rather disruptive. My son is asking to change schools this year. Being a rather high IQ kid he is left in the dust. Behavior is suffering as he is just so frustrated. The poor teacher has to repeat herself so much that lessons are not able to be taught without kids staying in at recess. Hardened kids are now here from other schools.

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January 15, 2009
The new principal is fantastic!!

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December 20, 2008
My grandson was in Y-K last year. This year he is in all day K and I am VERY pleased with everything this school has to offer.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
December 18, 2008
My son went to Crismon for 8yrs. My daughter is on her 3rd year. I think the teachers and the entire staff are wonderful! They are very caring and will always take the time to listen and help anyway they can. I would never consider another school for my children.

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October 05, 2008
I am a parent of a pre-schooler. She's 4 and has had the privilege of having the same pre-K teacher for the second year. The school is wonderful and so are the teachers. We drive 1/2 hour so she can be a part of this great team.

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June 13, 2008
What a great school! Our son attended his kindergarten and 1st grade years at Crismon. We were so pleased. Mrs. Acklin and Mrs. Hinkle were both so careing and understanding to the needs of each child. I recommend Crismon to anyone, those with special needs and those without. Thanks Crismon for being such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 09, 2008
All 4 of my children attend Crismon and it has been a great school for us. The office staff,aides on the playground and teachers seem to have a great repor with each other and with the children.

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July 08, 2007
Crismon is a wonderful school. Crismon provides a wide variety of teachers to accommodate every child. Parent involvement is very important to me and I am always encouraged to come into the classrooms and help or just observe. I always feel that I can speak my mind to teachers as well as the Principle and actually be heard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 07, 2007
My grandchildren attend Crismon. My granddaughters teacher continually 'lost' her assignments, resulting in bad grades. The teacher also had no control of the class and even less empathy for children's feelings. The Principle seldom returned my Daughters phone calls when she left messages for him to call.

- submitted by a community member

April 04, 2006
Excellent faculty. My daughter's teachers should receive national recognition.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2005
Crismon Elementary is a very good school, with some of the best elementary teachers. There is good parent involvement. The principal is not one of the best however.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2003
My children attended in 1981-1986. They are still to this day fond of the memories they have of attending this school. It helped build a strong educational foundation for my children.

- submitted by a community member

October 15, 2002
There are some great teachers at Crismon Elementry. Although, a few teachers, if my child were placed in their class I would switch schools. Their policy on allowing subs to teach in a full-time setting is bothersome.

- submitted by a community member

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Crismon Elementary School
825 W Medina Ave., Mesa, AZ  85210
(480) 472-4000
Last modified Crismon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Crismon Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top